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Chik-V related absenteeism in private sector companies tops 90 per cent

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 2:48 PM

A recent survey conducted by the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) on the impact of the current chikungunya virus (chik-V) outbreak has found that in the last three months there was a 93 per cent spike in absenteeism among employees at the 53 private sector companies that participated.

The JEF says the mostly large- to medium-size companies reported that a majority of their workers complained of flu-like symptoms resembling chik-V.

However, JEF President David Wan sought to make it clear that these were not confirmed cases of the virus as most of the employees did not get tested.

The 53 companies were just a fraction of the 238 private sector companies that were invited to participate in the survey.

However, Wan says this sample size suggests that as much of 90 per cent of all the companies polled could have seen an increase in employee absenteeism due to chik-V like symptoms.

However, he says the survey did not measure the production hours that were lost.

He says over all, the 53 companies reported a total of 743 suspected chik-V cases, but only one was reported to the Ministry of Health.


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